If I close my eyes, I can almost feel it: the pure serenity of a national park. The wind rustling tree leaves, waves lapping on a shore, and the scents of blossoms on a hard-packed trail. Waterfalls, ancient rock formations, breathtaking views.
For me, enjoying Canada’s natural beauty is such a huge part of my national identity – that elusive thing we hear so much about through Canada Day. Province to province, we have so many natural treasures, whether it’s the amazing sand dunes on the north shores of PEI, or the ancient cedars that survive along the rugged cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment in Ontario.
Parks Canada, celebrating its 100th year, recently received the Gift to the Earth Award from the World Wildlife Fund. What a gift these parks truly are.